Pre-conference Session

Institutional Initiatives in Digital Credentials
TCC 2018 Preconference (Free)

Recorded on March 21, 2018

Digital credentials are fast emerging as a new form of currency in the marketplace for knowledge and skills. This session will assist participants to understand the importance in understanding digital credentials provide more value than just gamification of content. Digital badges can provide learners with achievement guideposts along a course or program journey.

One of the aha moments in this session will be the value digital badges provide in empowering learners to persist through difficult material.

Participants can expect exposure to best practices from Colorado Community Colleges System’s initial launch of digital credentials in a free Technical Math for Industry. Participants will gain knowledge to how 2-year and 4-year institutions can partner with employers to backwards engineer digital credentials into existing curriculum as well as build digital credentials into new courses and programs.


  1. Why develop institutional digital credentials
    1. Identify ways to recognize learning inside and outside a traditional higher education setting.
    2. Meet Business and Industry needs for highly skilled labor
  2. Badges help identify key competencies not evident in a traditional transcript or course description.
  3. Student success – Flexible access, targeted learning and no cost
  4. Scale - Cost effective for participants
About The Presenter

Brenda Perea

Brenda Perea, Director of Educational and Workforce Solutions (Credly), brings fifteen years of experience in the secondary-postsecondary educational field along with ten years in the corporate world identifying and targeting workforce skills not apparent in transcripts, degrees, certificates and courses. She successfully led the Colorado Community College System to implement a system-wide workforce driven digital badge initiative, building collaboration among 13 colleges, 39 campuses and Colorado’s leading businesses and industries.

Perea is nationally recognized to mentor digital badge initiatives into developing deeper collaboration with business and industry around workforce skills. She is a certified Quality Matters peer reviewer, a certified Merlot OER peer reviewer and system expert on web accessibility. Brenda speaks nationally on digital badges and participates in the international Open Recognition Alliance weekly calls and IMS Global workgroups to shape the national conversation on higher education badging, industry and business interest and workforce participant credentialing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s of Science degree from Shenandoah University.

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